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Supreme court president says judges may have contributed to ‘culture of blame’

The Mental Health Act needs to be updated because too many people are being detained in hospital and doctors are becoming increasingly risk-averse, the president of the supreme court has said.

In a speech to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Lady Hale acknowledged that judges themselves may have contributed to a “culture of blame, shame and fear”.

Last year the government set up an independent review of the Mental Health Act owing to concerns about rising rates of detention and the disproportionately large number of people from minority ethnic backgrounds who are sectioned.

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The Guardian

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